Pages 263-280 Summary

The butcher shop is barely breaking even, but the women refuse to open on Sundays like the chain and discount stores. Like the shop, they are getting older. One day Mary will sell the shop for a tidy profit, and Celestine has insisted on receiving retirement benefits. Mary shows Celestine a red brick which flew through a window in her house. Celestine assumes it was vandalism, but Mary, as always, is convinced it is a sign of trouble.

That night, Celestine uncharacteristically dreams. Sita stands in her front yard watching for someone to come and saying she calls but Celestine never comes. The dream seems acutely real to Celestine. Mary thinks Sita must want to see her former friend and offers to accompany her.


(The entire section is 503 words.)